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Performing Arts Program

Performing Arts Program

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department offers a Performing Arts and Sports Program which specializes in rehabilitation for athletes, dancers, and musicians.

Upstate Rehabilitation at Bone & Joint Center
Upstate Bone and Joint Center
Suite 201,
6620 Fly Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. - 8am-4:30pm; Tues. Thurs. - 8am-6pm

The rehabilitation process integrates a comprehensive biomechanical assessment and the latest therapy techniques and equipment for the dancers, and musicians.

The physical therapists that conduct the evaluation and treatment have dance experience at the collegiate, professional, or international level. Several of the therapists involved have certifications in Dance Medicine through Harkness Center in NYC.

They also provide dance injury prevention workshops for local dance studios and companies. These workshops consist of dance specific postural control analysis, education in injury prevention and Pilates based exercise.

Who can benefit from therapy?

Dancers of all ages and any type of dance form.

What should you expect from your therapy?

The physical therapists in the Performing Arts Program offer a comprehensive examination focused on returning ou to dance as quickly and safely as possible.

Treatment may include:

  • Pilates based exercises
  • Dance postural analysis
  • Supportive taping
  • Dance specific exercises
  • Modalities for controlling pain and inflammation
  • Footwear assessment ie. dance shoes

Your rehabilitation will include education on prevention of re-injury and performance improvement.

A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program.


Michelle R Dolphin, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, Fellow in Training
Michelle R Dolphin, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, Fellow in Training
315 464-6917

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 2007, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Residency: Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, Woburn, Massachusetts, 1996, Orthopaedic PT
  • MS: University of Massachusetts, 1994, Physical Therapy
  • MS: University of Massachusetts, 1991, Exercise Science
  • BA: Binghamton University, 1988, Biology


Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Research Interests

  • Orthopaedics, Performing Arts, Pain Science

Education Interests

  • Formative Assessment, Simulation



Clinical Interests

  • Orthopaedics, Performing Arts


  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Kelly Meyers, PT, DPT, CSCS
Kelly Meyers, PT, DPT, CSCS
315 464-1750

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 2006, physical therapy
  • MS: Ithaca College, 1997, Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy; Certified Strength and Conditioning Spec; Foot and Ankle; Sports Medicine, Shoulder, Knee, and Ankle; Foot and Ankle; Outpatient Physical Therapy; more

Clinical Interests

  • Dance medicine, Pilates, foot orthotics, gait analysis


  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Christine L Rieger, PT
Christine L Rieger, PT
315 464-2233

Education & Fellowships

  • BS: City University of New York, 1995, Physical therapy


Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury; Foot and Ankle; Hip Fracture; Knee Cartilage Tear; Knee Pain; Shoulder Injuries; more